Directions to Bearizona

About Bearizona

Bearizona is approximately 160 acres. Visitors will drive through more than three miles of Ponderosa Pine Forest viewing North American animals in natural habitats when they visit. More animals are exhibited in Fort Bearizona, a beautiful 20 acre walk-thru area, along winding paths which is more of a "zoo" type setting.

Location

Conveniently located in the heart of Northern Arizona, and nestled amongst the beautiful Kaibab National Forest, Williams is considered the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Williams’ central location allows visitors to stay and experience Northern Arizona’s beautiful sights and activities. Bearizona is one hour south of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, 30 minutes west of Flagstaff, and three hours southeast of Las Vegas, NV.

Climate

Depending on the time of year, visitors to Bearizona will witness an array of weather. Williams is fortunate to experience all four seasons. The temperature in the summer averages 80 degrees, while in the winter time Williams receives an average of 55 inches of snowfall. The varying seasons allow visitors unique opportunities to witness animal behavior as it changes throughout the year. Bearizona is open year-round and it is important to note that the animals at Bearizona are out and enjoy all types of weather!

Accommodations

The park can accommodate most modes of transportation, including cars, RV’s even motorcyclists. For the motorcyclists, Bearizona provides courtesy cars free of charge. Bearizona welcomes tour buses and as a special service to our tour bus guests, offers a step-on tour guide for no additional fee! Guests who are a little more adventuresome and want to feel the brisk high country air and un-obstructed views of our wildlife can take a ride on our Wild Ride VIP Bus Tour which departs from the Fort Bearizona parking lot at several times throughout the day.

Bearizona is a member of the Zoological Association of America as well as the American Association of Zoo Keepers.

2010 Statistics

  • Approximately 85,000 visitors entered the park between May 22, 2010 and December 28, 2010.
  • Bearizona had 350 season pass holders during the 2010 season.
  • Bearizona employs approximately 40 individuals during peak season, of which 15 are year-round employees.

2015 Statistics

  • Approximately 300,000 paying visitors entered the park this year.
  • Bearizona had over 1,000 annual pass holders during the 2015 season.
  • Bearizona employs approximately 55 individuals during peak season, of which 20 are full-time employees.

Bearizona.com Photography

Photography on Bearizona.com provided courtesy of Peggy Coleman Photography. Peggy Coleman is a nationally recognized, award winning wildlife and nature photographer. Her photos are featured across the internet, as well as in numerous publications such as Arizona Highways Magazine, Arizona Key Magazine, AAA Highroads Magazine, Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Calendar 2014 and 2015, Phoenix LIVING Magazine and commercial media on behalf of Bearizona Wildlife Park.

Test Mayor of Williams John Moore and Bearizona owner Sean Casey Owner Sean Casey with Artist Jonathan LaBenne Owner Sean Casey as a young boy with bear cub Artists and Maintenance Crews building the Rocky Mtn. Goat Exhibit Bearizona taking home the Tourism Champion of the Year Award during the Governors Conference on Tourism Bearizona owners family handprints Larry Pittenger first $1 during our opening on May 22, 2010 How enclosures are built, using old vehicles then sprayed with concrete Beginning of the ticket booth building Bearizona Entrance Walk through 2010